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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 1.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.2% -0.8 +4.3
Chico 7.2% -1.0 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 14,707. There are now 7,944 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 6,763 -979 +2,158

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 7.2% 6,763
October
2020
6.9% 9.0% 8.2% 7,742
September
2020
7.8% 11.1% 9.5% 8,801
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 8.8% 8,255
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 10.8% 10,087
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 11.9% 11,265
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 14.0% 12,824
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 15.7% 14,707
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 6.1% 6,047
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 4.6% 4,556
January
2020
3.5% 3.9% 4.7% 4,602

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.